Here’s my first article for the Globe, about one of the last Banksy pieces left standing in Toronto, and what’s happening with it now that the building it was painted onto, 90 Harbour Street, has been demolished. That’s the original piece, on top there, and that what’s come of it, at the bottom. (Both photos by me.) If you’re in Toronto, and today is October 1, 2011, it should be in print in the weekend Toronto section, Globe T.O. Cool!
If you want to do more reading about Banksy’s Toronto visit, I’d start with this essay by Nick Mount. (Torontoist, which I was the editor of when the pieces all went up, has a new layout that temporarily broke a number of its older articles, so for now you can’t see what all of the pieces looked like when they were first put up, the battle amongst other street artists and taggers over one piece in particular, and what all of the pieces looked like at this time last year.)
A few interesting things that didn’t make it to Globe story, for when you’re done reading it: